AFRO-jazz legend Manu Dibango has died at the age of 86. He reportedly succumbed to coronavirus, his official Facebook page and French media reported.
A native of Cameroon, Dibango built up his reputation in his hometown Douala, as well as Kinshasa, Brussels and Paris. He came to international attention with his 1972 album “Soul Makossa.”
He was a genius saxophonist, keyboard and vibraphone player. Dibango also headed Cote d’Ivoire’s state television orchestra.
“The world of music has lost one of its legends. Manu Dibango’s talent and generosity knew no borders,’’ French Culture Minister Franck Riester tweeted in response to the news.